technology
Dubai Now Has Its Own Font

The city of Dubai has worked with Microsoft to create an official font for the city, which it claims is a world first (we're not convinced). Read More >>

cool
Watch Daredevils With Jetpacks Fly Next to People Standing on Top of Airplanes

If you’re going to be flying in the air with a jetpack attached to your back, you might as well do it with folks who have strapped themselves standing to the wings of an airplane. Why not, right? Read More >>

waterparks
This Giant Inflatable Waterpark is What Dreams are Made Of

This 200-person capacity beachside waterpark might just make me travel to Dubai. Coming in at 252 feet long and 115 feet wide, this floating obstacle course looks like a grand ol’ time. The park even spells out Dubai! [Design Boom] Read More >>

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Dropping an iPhone Off the World’s Tallest Skyscraper is Stupid and Really Dangerous

By now you’ve likely heard of TechRax, the YouTuber whose shtick consists of buying expensive gizmos and destroying them for views. It’s obnoxious. It’s repetitive. And it’s gained him over five million subscribers. Read More >>

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The Evacuation of a Flaming Plane Looks Terrifying

Yesterday an Emirates Airlines Boeing 777 crash landed in Dubai for reasons unknown. There were no fatalities during the incident in spite of the plane’s front half being engulfed in flames. Now video has surfaced from inside flight EK521, and it looks like hell on Earth. Read More >>

transport
Emirates Plane Erupts Into a Fireball on the Runway

Emirates Airlines flight EK521 from the Indian city of Thiruvananthapuram crash landed at Dubai International Airport earlier today, the BBC reports. Read More >>

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Absurdly Fast Human Catapult Goes From 0 to 125 Miles-Per-Hour in One Second

Dubai is equal parts engineering marvel and rich person playground. It’s where drones race pricey supercars and skateboarders rent out and drain entire waterparks for their amusement. It’s also where BASE jumpers Chris Douggs McDougall and Jimmy Pouchert shot themselves 300 feet into the air just for the fuck of it. Read More >>

power
Dubai Is Building the World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant

They like to do things big in Dubai, including a newly-approved concentrated solar power project that will generate 1,000 megawatts of power by 2020—and a whopping 5,000 megawatts by 2030. Read More >>

environment
No, the UAE Should Not Build a Rain-Making Mountain to Fix its Water Problems

It sounds like the plot of a summer blockbuster, but the United Arab Emirates is apparently quite serious about building a mountain to increase rainfall in the region. Would it work? Probably. But instead of launching an infrastructure project where a very rich country attempts to dig its way out of a drought, the UAE needs to get serious about conserving its water. Read More >>

architecture
Dubai’s Next Crazy-Tall Skyscraper Will Make the Burj Khalifa its Bitch

Dubai’s quest to build a skyscraper so tall it sways around in the wind like a drunken monster and tickles aeroplanes' bellybuttons continues. Developer Emaar Properties has revealed the Tower, which will make the 2,716ft (827m) tall Burj Khalifa its bitch. Oddly enough, the Tower doesn’t have an official height yet, despite the fact that construction is set to begin this July. All we’ve heard so far is that it’ll exceed 2,730ft (832m) tall. Read More >>

architecture
Another Day, Another Burning Skyscraper in Dubai

Until this incident, it had been almost three months since the last burning skyscraper in the United Arab Emirates. That all changed when a building went up in flames yesterday just outside of Dubai. Read More >>

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Watch a Spectacular Lightning Show Splinter Across the Skies Over Dubai

Dubai’s skyline is an ever-growing collection of impressive towering skyscrapers, including the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. And you know what loves tall buildings even more than tourists do? Lightning. Read More >>

drones
There Are No Losers When a Drone Races a McLaren Supercar

To help promote the upcoming World Drone Prix in Dubai next week, the organisers enlisted the help of the local police, who have a McLaren 650s in their garage, to go head-to-head against a high-speed racing drone. It doesn’t matter who won the race, though, because the Tron-like footage is just wonderful. Read More >>

architecture
When Will Dubai Fix its Burning Skyscraper Problem?

Watching as a 63-storey Dubai hotel explode into flames on New Year’s Eve and smoulder well into New Year’s Day, you might’ve been wondering the same thing I was: why do so many of Dubai’s skyscrapers catch fire? And how is it that this city can’t seem to stop this from happening? Read More >>

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Dubai Is Giving Its Firefighters Jetpacks To Use During Skyscraper Fires

Fighting a fire in a towering skyscraper poses unique challenges for both the equipment and the firefighters. That’s why the fire departments of large cities have dedicated high-rise units–but Dubai wants to do one better by equipping its firefighters with jetpacks. Read More >>